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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

And The Oscar Goes To … Hollywood Hypocrites

 “It will be like a military state.” That’s how one security expert described the scene at the 2016 Academy Awards, which was held Sunday night. “You simply can’t take the chance anymore,” the expert said. 

So the Dolby Theatre was swarming with hundreds of armed law enforcement officers as Hollywood’s elite arrived. Some celebrities, oblivious to the irony, flaunted an extra accessory while walking the heavily-guarded red carpet—a bracelet promoting gun control, courtesy of the Brady Campaign. It must be a bit easier to protest against guns when you’re surrounded by guns protecting you. 

Actors who had planned to wear the anti-gun jewelry—names like Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Patricia Arquette—can all be seen using guns on screen. But off screen, they’d prefer you and I be unarmed … believing, it seems, that the “can’t take the chance” message applies only to “A-listers” like themselves.


U.S. House Passes Sportsmen’s Act

An important piece of federal legislation that would greatly benefit sportsmen has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is headed to the U.S. Senate for consideration. 

On Friday, a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015. The goal of the legislation is to promote America’s heritage of hunting, fishing and recreational shooting; this year’s version would enhance access to public lands for these pursuits, protect the right of self-defense, and curtail punitive regulations promoted by “animal rights” activists and environmental extremists. 

As NRA-ILA noted in a recent grassroots alert, the House passed similar legislation the past two years, but both times it stalled in the Senate. Hopefully the third time will be a charm for the important legislative package.

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UT Dean Resigns Over Law Protecting 2A On Campus

The dean of the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture announced Thursday that he’s leaving the school in part because he opposes the new Texas law protecting CHL holders who carry on public college campuses. He’ll depart one month before the new law takes effect in August. 

Frederick Steiner, dean of the architecture school for the past 15 years, said he’s leaving to take a similar post at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, where he won’t have to tremble over licensed, trained, background-checked, law-abiding, 21-year-old students carrying those scary unseen guns—though he’ll probably have to deal with quite a few more aggravated assaults, robberies, rapes and murders on campus.

“I knew I would have to enforce the law even if I didn’t believe in it,” Steiner told the Philadelphia Inquirer. But what’s so “distasteful” about “enforcing a law” that amounts to restoring rights rather than infringing on them?


In Texas Experiment, Kids From Homes With Guns Were Safer With Guns

A social experiment conducted recently by Texas police officers produced some interesting findings—that is, if you’re an anti-gunner. According to Fox 17, police placed an unloaded handgun that was rendered inoperable in a room with eight preschool or kindergarten aged children. Within 15 seconds, parents and law enforcement watched as one of the children picked up the gun and passed it around. Many of the children then pointed the gun at the other children in the room and attempted to aim and shoot it. 

Of the eight children in the room, six handled the gun—and all six come from homes that do not have firearms. While the result might not be surprising on its face, the experiment notably revealed that the two children who refused to touch the gun do live in homes with firearms and have been taught the dangers and responsibilities of guns by their parents—proof that firearm safety education can save lives.


Good Guy With Gun Stops Dog Attack

A Massachusetts man used his legally owned firearm to stop a dog attack on his son and dog.

Sunday evening, the man and his son were walking their miniature poodle in downtown Haverhill, Mass., when two pit bulls attacked the poodle. The dogs also bit the son during the attack.

According to local police, the owner of the pit bulls came to the scene, but was unable to control the dogs. That’s when the owner of the poodles shot one of the pit bulls, putting an end to the attack. Local media reported that the poodle’s owner was properly licensed for the gun and no charges were filed.


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